Sunday 21 January 2018

Inspirational captain Michael Murphy 'unsure' of International Rules Test participation

Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy

Michael Verney

Michael Murphy has admitted his participation in the upcoming International Rules Test is in serious doubt as the rigorous demands of club, county and international duty take their toll.

Having captained Ireland for the past two years, the inspirational Donegal attacker is a key component of Joe Kernan's future plans, but his availability is uncertain.

With Donegal disappointingly exiting the All-Ireland race at the quarter-final stage, and his club Glenswilly out of the race for championship honours, Murphy appreciates the rare chance of an extended break which has been presented. The 26-year-old, who denied any injury claims, seems likely to avail of the opportunity to rest and recover ahead of a renewed bid for county success under Rory Gallagher in 2016.

"It's hard to know what to do at the moment but I haven't pulled out yet," Murphy told the Irish Independent. "You know yourself, it's the end of the season and I'm not sure whether I should leave it or not and rest up for the winter.

"I'm not carrying an injury of any kind and I'll just have to weigh things up and make a decision in a couple of weeks."

Ireland clash with Australia in the one-match series on Saturday November 21 in Croke Park.

The potential loss of a player of Murphy's talent would seriously dent Ireland's hopes of regaining the Cormac McAnallen Cup, which they last won on home soil two years ago.

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